New Jersey’s Steve Bello is set to return with his 8th album “Mood Swings”. Steve is an accomplished guitarist who’s endorsements include Ibanez Guitars, Digitech Pedals and more. He and I first connected a few years ago when I interviewed him for his previous album “Marblehead”. A fantastic player, I was glad to hear he was writing new music. When he sent me an advance copy of the newly wrapped-up material I was eager to dig in to say the least!
“Never Be the Sane” is the first single for the new collection (due late August/early September 2021). You can check it out here:
Getting into the rest of the material, there is plenty of good stuff here! “Stranded on Pluto” is what I feel Bello does best, solid rhythms with quirky, eerie guitar weaving in and out. For this piece he uses a cool Leslie (rotating speaker) effect. As the song rides out, he treats us to a ton of otherworldly harmonic and whammy bar abuse.
“Timeless Man” has a propelling, crunchy riff. The distortion Steve is using on this album is indeed pretty dense, but remains a tightly focused tone. The main sections alter between this and crystalline clean tone passages that provide the perfect textural variation.
“Box of Ghosts” is not a “song” per-say, rather a “sound piece” that lets you in on a glimpse of an artist lost in their own discovery-mode.
The last track “Force Quit” is another rocker where Bello mixes up the groove with several rhythmically tight start/stop sections that will appeal to those who like a dash of prog with their metal!
There is a lot more on this album, but let’s not give it all away shall we? Look for Steve Bello’s “Mood Swings” coming soon!